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Oct
23

Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics

For the past couple of years, I have been talking about the importance of Christians studying Biblical Hermeneutics. Hermeneutics is the discipline of study by which we learn how to read, interpret and understand the various books and literary genres of the Bible. I have often been asked what books or resources I recommend. I like: Principles of Biblical Interpretation, by Louis Berkhof. I also...
Oct
16

Conviction vs. Condemnation

Within the past several weeks I have talked with several sincere Christians who independently told me that they live under a constant weight of guilt and condemnation. The worst part of that struggle was the uncertainty of the source of their feelings. None of them were able to know for sure whether God was condemning them, or if they were living with a false guilt that was generated from themselves or...
Oct
6

How to Win an Argument with a Biblically Literate Christian!

How to Win an Argument with a Biblically Literate Christian! I’ve learned (from Facebook) the fastest ways to be dismissive of someone who has a stronger Biblical argument than you. 1. Say, “Don’t judge me!” This seems to be the only “Bible verse” that EVERYONE knows. They will have no choice but to bow the knee!  2. If that doesn’t work, say, “You are taking the Bible out of context.” This will send them...
Oct
6

The Regulative Principle vs. The Normative Principle

The Regulative Principle vs. The Normative Principle I believe that a huge number of disagreements between Christians come from a fundamental difference in the way we do Hermeneutics (the discipline of how we study, understand and interpret Scripture within its various literary genres and historical contexts). Reformed theologians have created a couple of concepts to help them discuss worship within the church: The Regulative Principle and The Normative...

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